I need to respond to this discussion with 200 words and word count at the end.
classmate name is BrittanyPost 2 – Response to 1ststudent is well organized, includes classmate’s name, addresses topic, and demonstrates critical thinking. Not required, but must cite any work used
The most difficult thing I have ever had to face in life so far would be being told my child had a disabilty. As a new, young parent, I was completely taken by storm when I was informed about my son's medical condition. My son was born with a congenital brain defect with a unknown cause. Shortly after being told this heart breaking news I began the blaming game with myself. Constantly thinking " Did I do something wrong?","Why did this happen?"," This is my fault." After doing some intensive research on his condition I began to withdrawl myself from my friends, family, co-workers and even my own child. My emotions were like a rollercoaster ride, one minute I wouldn't feel sad or mad at myself and the next I would be in a complete break down and refrused to socialize or get out the bed. The behavior I was displaying is considered abnormal according to the textbook.It states " A maladaptive behavior is one that interferes with a person's life, including ability to care for oneself, have good relationships with others, and function well at school or work."(Kearney & Trull, 2015) I could not agree more with that statement, I was slowing destroying myself and didn't see it happening. I was living in every parents nightmare and I had no idea how to cope with the stress and heart break myself and family members were experiencing.According to Helping parents deal with the fact their child has a disability, "Until parents who are having difficulty accepting their child's disability can cope with their own pain and frustrations, their full energies generally cannot be directed toward understanding the child's disability, level of development, readiness for instruction, or participation in the intervention process."(Healy, 2015) It took me a very long time to come to terms with the thought of my child never being "normal", but once I did, I began to see the bigger picture and began to realize my life was not over. After many test, doctor's appointments and therapy evaluations, I felt like i could finally breathe again. Now it's 8 years, many tears, therapy sessions and doctor's appontments later and the once emotional rollercoaster is now my norm. Ive learned how to cope with the most difficult challenges in life from this experience and I wouldn't have it any other way.